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There is a kind of suspense when hearing a writer speak. It turns the author into a human being who exists outside the pages of his book. You get a sense of who they are and who they are as a person. Plus, you often get an inside glimpse of their work, almost like a behind-the-scenes scroll of their writing. You can hear stories directly from their research and the inspiration behind their novels, and this makes reading their writing more exciting and personal.

This experience is amplified when you have the opportunity to hear from a nationally or internationally known author, such as catching a glimpse of a Hollywood star at the airport. Fortunately, you’ll get these encounters regularly starting in July!

The Central Rappahannock Regional Library launches the Library Speakers Consortium, an online collection of author talks from best-selling authors and thought leaders representing a variety of genres and topics. You can register to attend each live chat, and even submit questions in advance for the author to direct. If you can’t have live chats, you will be able to watch the recordings later. Visit to see the full collection and register for talks of your choice for free.

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Here are the speakers and their books for July and August:

David Allen will speak Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity Thursday, July 14 at noon.

First published in 2001 and since then updated to reflect current technology and evolving work practices, “Getting Things Done” or “GTD” is the definitive book on organizing one’s personal and professional lives.

Management consultant and executive coach Allen offers a comprehensive set of time management tools that leave no effort – or task – unchanged. His approach has generated a whole culture of websites, organizational tools, and more.

Marcia Chatelin will give a live talk Franchise: Golden Arches in Black America Wednesday, August 3 at 2 p.m

Chatlin, in her Pulitzer Prize-winning book, delves into the charged history of how fast food became one of America’s greatest sources of black wealth. Fast food restaurants are ubiquitous in black neighborhoods, and they are often blamed for the high rates of obesity and diabetes among African Americans.

How did this happen? In the turbulent years following King’s assassination, fast food companies, black capitalists, and civil rights leaders decided that the answer to racial inequality and to improve black lives economically was the franchising of fast food restaurants by black citizens in their own neighborhoods.

Chatelain brings together years of research to tell this troubling success story of an industry that grew out of the decline of the freedom movement.

Michelle Harper is giving a live talk “Beauty in the Fall” Monday, August 22nd at 9pm

Harper, an Afro-American physician with a predominantly white and male profession, recounts her experiences in this thought-provoking memoir.

Raised in an elite, but abusive family in Washington, D.C., Harper went to Harvard, where she and her husband met and stayed together at medical school. Two months before Harper was scheduled to start at a Philadelphia hospital, her husband ended their marriage.

Harper had to start her new life in a new city on her own while learning to become a competent emergency medicine doctor. While navigating the trauma itself and its patients, as well as racial micro-aggressions, Harper realizes that each of us is broken in some way. However, she also experiences incredible resilience in her patients and is able to start the process of self-healing through yoga and meditation.

He will talk about Alka Joshi “henna artist” Thursday, July 7 at 9 pm

In Joshi’s New York Times bestseller and Reese Witherspoon Book Club, 17-year-old Lakshmi escapes an abusive marriage and makes her way to Jaipur in the 1950s. There, she became a highly sought-after henna artist and friend of upper-class women.

Keeping her own secrets, Lakshmi pursues her dreams of independence until her husband tracks her down years later, threatening her carefully built life. Joshi will be sharing her talk about her inspiration for “The Henna Artist” and its sequel, The Secret Keeper of Jaipur, as well as what it was like to work on creating the Netflix series based on her books.

Liz Moore is giving a talk Long Bright River Tuesday, August 9th at 9pm

Drawing on a very personal volunteer work, Moore tells a thriller story of two sisters, one a police officer and the other living in the fog of addiction.

In Philadelphia, Mickey patrols the streets where her sister, Cassie, lives, constantly monitoring the whereabouts of her estranged brother. Casey then disappears during a series of mysterious murders, and Mickey fears her sister will fall victim to a serial killer who has been targeting young women in Mickey’s area.

Mickey’s investigation leads her deeper into the opioid crisis gripping her city and into the corrupting of the police officers who were involved in or ignored the murders.

Liz Wiseman will speak Influential Players: How to Take the Lead, Play More, and Multiply Your Impact Thursday, August 25 at noon.

Wiseman, the New York Times bestselling author, researcher, and executive consultant addresses the question, “Why do some people hack and make an impact while others stumble upon implementing suggestions?” Effective players are those who can be relied upon in critical situations and constantly receive high-level assignments.

It’s not always clear what sets them apart from everyone else, so Wiseman draws on insights from leaders in major companies to reveal the influence of different players, and how that mindset is available to everyone who wants to perform at their peak.

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Tracy McPeck is the Adult Services Coordinator at Central Rappahannock Regional Library.

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